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Posted: 03/13/2017

National Trust for Historic Preservation
New York Field Office

City of Philadelphia Urban Planning Internship
Internship Opportunity
New York, NY


The intern will provide support for a National Trust research project in Philadelphia. The National Trust is undertaking a large-scale initiative to increase building reuse and historic preservation in Philadelphia.

While many of Philadelphia’s most iconic sites are designated, large swaths of historic neighborhoods are unprotected. These areas are un-surveyed, undocumented, and ill-equipped because of a lack of effective protections and incentives to withstand development pressure or to recover from long-term disinvestment. Through the National Trust’s 10 principals of ReUrbanism, the Trust is advocating for new tools and strategies that will encourage the rehabilitation and reuse of older and historic buildings at a transformational scale.

The Trust is bringing national preservation expertise as well as the Preservation Green Labs robust and innovative research capabilities.

The intern will have the opportunity to assist with research, mapping, and analysis of the barriers and opportunities for reuse of older & historic buildings in Philadelphia, assist with convening stakeholders in the city, and craft blogs and other materials in support of the Trusts advocacy efforts in Philadelphia.

National Trust internships are temporary, volunteer experiential learning opportunities with no expectation of employment at the conclusion of the internship.

For this internship, the National Trust is offering a stipend of $2,000 to help offset expenses. Dates of the summer internship program are June 5 July 28, but may be flexible for this project.   Intern can be based in New York City (preferred) or Philadelphia, working from off site.


  • Research preservation apparatus in Philadelphia.
  • Assist Preservation Green Lab in mapping and analysis using the Atlas of ReUrbanism.
  • Compile best preservation practices nationwide.
  • Compile list and description of proven innovative tools and strategies encouraging building reuse.
  • Attend stakeholder meetings in Philadelphia as needed.
  • Work with the Editorial and Outreach staff to help research and draft blog posts, articles or other materials that help      document and promote the Trusts work around these Treasures.


The intern will gain experience under the mentorship of respected preservation and museum professionals in an educational setting at one of the nations leading arts & cultural and non-profit advocacy organizations. The intern will also have the opportunity to participate in educational programming offered via the National Trust for Historic Preservations Washington Office internship program. Students may also be eligible for college or graduate school academic credit at the discretion of their institution. 

Specifically, the intern will gain knowledge in the following areas:

  •  Understanding of best preservation practices nationwide.
  •  Depth of knowledge in innovative and proven preservation and planning tools to encourage building reuse.
  •  Non-profit advocacy, outreach and engagement methods.

At the end of the project the intern will have conducted research on the current conditions of preservation in Philadelphia, produced mapping and analysis (depending on skill set), and compiled a report on nationwide preservation tools and strategies --which can be added to their professional portfolio in support of their future career pursuits.


  • Strong writing and editing skills, especially with some experience in writing for outreach, public engagement and social media.
  • Basic analytical and problem solving skills, including issue identification and prioritization. Basic project-organization skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to collaborate and achieve results with supervision, including ability to interact professionally with key internal and external stakeholders as needed.
  • Strong organizational skills required, with ability to prioritize, multi-task efficiently, and meet deadlines in a timely fashion
  • Ability to adapt and be flexible in a dynamic work environment
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. Friendly and professional demeanor on the phone and in writing, with ability to speak and write clearly in English. Bi-lingual language skills a plus.
  • Ability to work effectively with culturally diverse colleagues; connections to or experience helping to engage culturally diverse audiences and partners, especially African American and Latino communities, a plus.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products required, including Outlook, Word and Excel. required. Familiarity with mapping software including GIS a plus
  • Bachelors level studies (or equivalent years of experience) required; current or rising juniors, seniors or graduate students preferred. Masters level studies a plus. Studies or demonstrated interest in related subject matter preferred (historic preservation, urban planning, real estate, government affairs).
  • Regular and reliable attendance required.



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Until Filled

How to apply
Please email resume and cover letter to 517473-CS-1121@nthp.hrmdirect.com.

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